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Wisconsin Standards for Mathematics

Standards Review Process

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has a transparent and comprehensive process for reviewing and revising academic standards. The process began with a Notice of Intent to review and a month-long public comment period which began on January 28th, 2020. After the 30 day public notice period, the State Superintendent’s Academic Standards Review Council will examine those comments and recommend whether to revise or develop those standards. The State Superintendent determines whether to move forward with a revision process or continue with the current standards. If revision or development is determined to be needed, a state writing committee is then formed to work on those standards for all grade levels. That draft is then made openly available for review to get feedback from the public, key stakeholders, educators, and the Legislature, with further review by the State Superintendent’s Standards Review Council. The State Superintendent then determines adoption of the standards.

The writing committee has developed a draft of the new standards. The first draft was released on January 26, 2021 for a public review and provided to the education committees of the legislature. After the 30 day comment period ends, the State Superintendent’s Academic Standards Review Council will provide further review. The State Superintendent then determines adoption of the standards.


Wisconsin's mathematics standards serve as rigorous goals for teaching and learning. Setting high standards enables students, educators, and parents to understand what students are expected to learn. Clear statements about what students must know and be able to do are essential to ensure students are given the opportunity to succeed.  

Resources on Wisconsin Standards for Mathematics

Standards for Mathematical Practice

Standards for Mathematical Practices

The Standards for Mathematical Practices are central to the teaching and learning of mathematics. These practices describe the behaviors and habits of mind that are exhibited by students who are mathematically proficient.

The practices describe varieties of expertise that mathematics educators at all levels should seek to develop in their students. These practices rest on important “processes and proficiencies” with longstanding importance in mathematics education.

For questions about this information, contact Mary Mooney (608) 266-9368, Julie Bormett (608) 266-7921